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The Beach boys in a recording studio in 1962


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Theresa May has said that the knighthood bestowed on her husband was in recognition of the support parliamentarians receive from their partners.


Few workers possessed alarm clocks, so the services of this ‘knocker up’ were in demand. Mary Smith’s clients were roused by her shooting peas at their windows. East End of London, 1927

Photograph: John Topham / TopFoto


LOL what an inventive alarm clock.


Persian Warrior Gloves, possibly from Safavid Dynasty in the 1500s.



This stinks to high heaven IMO


…………………It is difficult to conceive how, in light of this latest development, Mr Porter can stay on as a member of parliament in a government that seems hell-bent on making itself less and less electable by the day.

Unless and until he steps down, there is a clear precedent for an MP to get away with accepting an anonymous "brown paper bag"-style donation for private purposes, so long as their party has the numbers on the floor of the House.

This is yet another proof of the need for an independent federal ICAC with teeth. The contrast between what happened in the House of Representatives on Wednesday and what is currently taking place at the NSW ICAC hearing in Sydney could not be greater.

Where is the transparency?...............

"This stinks to high heaven IMO"


ScoMo is too weak to do anything, I don't know how either of them sleep at night. 

As long as it did not come out of the taxpayer coffers I do not care who donated it.


A member of the state militia faces off against an African-American veteran during the 1919 Chicago Race Riot. July 27, 1919.


George Lincoln Rockwell and members of the American Nazi Party attend a Nation of Islam summit in 1961.


George Lincoln Rockwell (March 9, 1918 – August 25, 1967) was an American neo-Nazi politician. In 1959, he was discharged from the US Navy because of his political views, and then founded the American Nazi Party


Melbourne, Australia

Diners enjoy a meal as a band plays outside a restaurant. Lockdown restrictions have lifted in the city after Victoria achieved its target of having 70% of the eligible population fully vaccinated. Melbourne has had 263 days in lockdown since March 2020

Photograph: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images

Melburnians must be so happy ... hope the reopening doesn't rebound on them.

My son couldn't have been any happier.  When I rang him he was with a group of his friends having breakfast in their favourite cafe after many months being separated. 


A ranger feeds Najin and her daughter Fatu, the last two northern white rhino females, with carrots near their enclosure at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia National Park, Kenya. Najin has been retired from breeding leaving her daughter as the only egg donor in an embryo implantation scheme.

Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters



"the last two northern white rhino females:

What a sad phrase to read.


Alec Baldwin dressed in costume with prop blood for the movie Rust, which was shared on Instagram a day before the fatal shooting on set.(Instagram: Alec Baldwin)


Halyna Hutchins was a noted up and coming cinematographer.(Instagram: HalynaHutchins)


Alec Baldwin has expressed his sorrow to the family of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after an incident on the set of the film Rust saw her die after he fired a prop gun. 

Prop guns fire blanks — gunpowder charges that produce a flash and a bang but not a hard projectile.   But when the trigger is pulled, the paper or plastic wadding is ejected from the barrel with enough force that it can be lethal at close range, as proved to be the case in the death of an actor in 1984.  In another accident in 1993, while filming the movie The Crow, actor Brandon Lee was killed after a bullet was left in a prop gun.


You'd think these days there would be a better way.


The bitter legal fight between Robert De Niro and Grace Hightower has prompted accusations of extravagant spending from both sides



Robert De Niro 78, has scored an important legal victory against his estranged wife after a court ruled she was not entitled to half of his income.  Hightower, a 66-year-old philanthropist, socialite and actress, claimed she was owed half the money De Niro made in Hollywood and from business ventures while they were together.  The earnings, she argued, counted as marital assets to be split evenly, in accordance with a 2004 prenuptial agreement she signed with him.

So much for pre nups.


Graves and crosses are seen at the Yastrebkovskoe cemetery which serves as one of the burial grounds for those who died of Covic-19 outside Moscow, Russia.

Those graves look lovingly tended.


A tuskless adult female African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. A new study has found that ivory poaching has led to evolution of tuskless elephants.

Photograph: Jennifer Guyton/Caters News Agency

Yes, Celia posted about this earlier on Animal Antics Two ... what an interesting phenomenon.



The NSW Crime Commission has agreed to reopen its investigation into the proceeds of crime acquired by corrupt former MP Eddie Obeid and his family.

Earlier, the Commission told  2GB Ben Fordham they can’t get back Eddie Obeid’s $30 million in proceeds of crime amid outrage over the decision.

The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that the NSW Crime Commission could have sought to confiscate the ill-gotten gains, but it was instead decided the Tax Office would pursue the tax that should have been paid on the money.

The NSW Premier hadn’t been made aware of the decision and told Ben Fordham he will “take action”.

NSW Crime Commissioner Michael Barnes told Ben properties aren’t registered to his name so there’s no money to claim back.

“There’s no $30 million sitting around, Obeid’s got nothing.

“We can only commence proceedings if there are properties there that we can seize and liquidate, that wasn’t able to be done.”..................


What a creep Eddie Obeid is.



Houseboats are seen on California’s Lake Oroville on 11 October 2021.  Much of the western US has been experiencing a historic and unrelenting drought, the worst in the region in a least 20 years.  David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images


Very scary sight of the drought conditions in California ... hope the same doesn't happen here.

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